Ashington’s Talented Gardeners Awarded



Ashington’s gardeners turned out in great numbers for the Awards Event of the Ashington Garden Competition 2014 on Wednesday (3rd Sept).

The Competition, organised by Ashington Town Council, has grown year on year since its inception in 2010.  The Awards Event took place at Ashington Cricket Club where the Mayor of Ashington, Cllr. Maggie Lang and Beverley Porteous & Natalie Dalton from the Shades of Green Garden Centre, who kindly support the competition, presented the prizes to the winners. The event saw a good number of the entrants attend as well as Town and County Councillors from Ashington.

This year’s competition saw six categories with an overall winner chosen from the winner of each category.  Judging was carried out by Town Councillors Vicky Brown, Marjorie Chambers, Maggie Lang and Pauline Thompson (also pictured).

The overall winner of this year’s competition is Mr Richard Timson who also won the category of ‘Best Allotment Garden’.  Richard’s allotment is on the Woodhorn Road Allotment Site, in the town, and the judges were very impressed at both the quality of produce and the immaculate appearance of the allotment garden.

The other winners were Mr Robert Ramm for ‘Best Large Garden’, Allen Head for ‘Best Senior Citizen Garden’, Kay Merideth, Jean & Ian Callon for ‘Best Disabled Person’s Garden’ and Norman & Jenifer Hobbs for ‘Best Small Garden.  Helen Hall also won a special award for ‘Best Hanging Basket’.  The winners each received certificates, shield, engraved glass awards and vouchers for the Shades of Green Garden Centre.

Councillor Lang, Mayor of Ashington, said “We are delighted that a record number of the town’s gardeners took part.  The competition is a way of recognising and rewarding the excellent gardening work undertaken by individual residents and is making a significant contribution to improving the town’s appearance”.

Ashington Town Council would like to encourage more gardeners to enter the competition in 2015.  Keep an eye on the Town Council website for more information on next year’s competition. We would like to thank the Shades of Green Garden Centre for supporting the Ashington Gardens Competition.  The Garden Centre is based on North Seaton Industrial Estate in the town – for more information visit: